San Francisco, CA [February 16, 2012] … At today’s Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) Annual Conference & Expo, meetsmart mobile is pleased to announce the selection of the firm’s mobile conference guide for two of MPI’s largest chapter events.
MPINCC and MPI’s Southern California chapter (MPISCC) have partnered with meetsmart mobile as the official mobile conference guide of their annual meetings, attended by more than 2,000 meeting professionals. MPINCC’s Annual Conference & Expo is being held today at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. MPISCC’s EdCon will take place March 27 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, California.
Said Diane Schneiderman, CMP, MPINCC’s Executive Director, “MPINCC is thrilled to offer our attendees access to the newest mobile conference guide technology, thanks to the sponsorship of meetsmart mobile. meetsmart mobile has been incredibly easy to work with. Themeetsmart concierge team pays attention to all the tiny details, and has made setup easy for us at every stage of the process. We look forward to partnering with meetsmart mobile on many future meetings.”
“MPISCC is happy to partner with meetsmart mobile for the second year in a row for our annual education conference,” said Elizabeth Glau, CMP, MPISCC Director of Special Events. “Last year’s attendees were very receptive to seeing a smaller printed program and using the mobile conference navigation guide instead. We are looking forward to working with them as they continue to expand their product and grow their company. Meeting planners in our industry have many options to choose from in the mobile app marketplace and meetsmart mobile is a great team to work with.”
“As longtime MPI members and meeting planners ourselves, we are honored to have been selected by the California MPI chapters,” said Janeé Pelletier, Chief Technology Evangelist ofmeetsmart. “In recognition of the pivotal role that MPI plays in the meetings industry,meetsmart mobile will donate a portion of the proceeds from MPI-related sales to the MPI Foundation.” The MPI Foundation funds research, thought-leadership, and education to advance the global meetings and events industry and enhance the effectiveness of meeting professionals.
MPINCC and MPISCC are chapters of the global Meeting Professionals International organization, a prominent educational association geared towards meeting planners and industry partners.
With so much new meeting technology being developed it can be hard to know what’s worth investing your time in, and what will simply be a flash in the pan. Our clients rely on us to keep them abreast of trends and technology, so our team works hard to keep our finger on the pulse of the meetings and convention industry.
Earlier this summer, Conference & Logistics Consultants conducted a survey of over 300 meeting planners to gauge our industry’s comfort level with new technologies. A key finding of the 2011 Meeting Technology Trends Survey was that 64 percent of meetings are already using a mobile app, or intend to add one this year. Another 16 percent intend to add one within three years.
If you’re not thinking about a mobile app for your meeting, you’re being left behind. Attendees are clamoring for instant access to information, and ways to personalize their conference experience. Mobile technology is an easy way to provide both. Mobile conference guides run the gamut from inexpensive web-based platforms ($9 – 15K) to high-end custom native apps ($25 – 100+K).
The survey also revealed a lot of other interesting information, which we will put out in a white paper later this fall. Stay tuned to the blog or subscribe to our RSS feed for future updates.
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